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Convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes assaulted in prison

By Amy R. Connolly
Convicted Colorado theater shooter James Holmes assaulted in prison
Movie theater shooter James Holmes (left) makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County Courthouse with his public defender Tamara Brady on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes was convicted in the death of 12 people. He was assaulted in October 2015 at the Colorado State Penitentiary, but was not injured. UPI/RJ Sangosti/Pool | License Photo

DENVER, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, convicted in the death of 12 people, was assaulted by a fellow inmate in prison while being moved through the facility, officials said.

Holmes, housed in the highest security prison in the state, was being moved by a correctional officer in the prison when he was allegedly jumped by Mark "Slim" Daniels, 27. Daniels took a few swings but neither Holmes nor the correctional officer was injured.

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"Daniels and Holmes are both housed at [Colorado State Penitentiary]. The incident occurred during an offender movement," Adrienne Jacobson, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, said. "It was in passing."

Holmes is housed in a unit where he is allowed to spend four hours in a day hall. There are no other inmates in his cellblock. The men came into contact as they were passing in a hallway.

Daniels is serving time on several felonies including assault with a deadly weapon.

Holmes was convicted in the July 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 injured. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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